Thursday, 14 August 2014


I really don't know where this summer has gone - the weeks have just flown past and the sun is long gone - blown away by nasty hurricane Bertha!  Not long now till the boys head off for Uni either so my incredibly busy summer home will all to soon be calm again.

Before all that however, we have a new challenge over at Moving Along With The Times as Hazel has set us the challenge of

Vintage - again

Really don't like vintage and struggle with this style - but hopefully you guys won't and will give us some lovely projects to feast our eyes on.

As for my card - well I do like it, I'm just not sure if it can be classed as vintage.  It doesn't use bright colours and the girl looks old fashioned so that classes as vintage... right?

Everything used, except the card stock was generated from the Ooh La La CD "Say it with Words."  I'm new to this type of crafting, but it's nice to have a change and I did enjoy working from the CD again.  I also discovered that it's well worth putting quality paper into the printer when running off design papers, funnily enough they come out so much nicer!

Simply Create Too - Vintage/Old Fashioned
Wags n Whiskers - Birthdays
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
The Stamping Chef - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes  Jx

Wednesday, 6 August 2014


I'm so happy! I've had major computer problems these past few days, huge red internet warning messages and no access to my blog from the PC.  Colin however has just fixed it - a little battery problem which feeds the clock.  Something I never even knew existed.  Anyway, battery changed, clock working and internet back! Yip-ee!

Now onto today's card wich actually is for a Colin, who passed all his SQA exams yesterday and has now secured a place at Robert Gordon's University. We are all so happy for him, well done Colin, all that hard work paid off.

Now, as some of you may know, Colin's summer job is at Mackie's Ice-Cream and so, when I saw this image, I knew it would be perfect for him.

So his CAS card uses a House Mouse image, kraft and Promarkers for colour.  The personalised sentiment was computer generated, love the cone-gratulations! (That was Craig's idea!)

House Mouse - relax and enjoy life - hopefully he will now he has his results, and enough ice-cream to feed a small nation!
Crafty Sentiments - Add a sentiment - made to link with the image!
Fan-tastic Tuesday - Anything Goes
Papertake - Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Something sweet - ice-cream
Craft Your Passion - Sweet
Penny Black & More - Anything Goes
Allsorts - Favourite things - House Mouse & Ice-cream & CAS...& passing exams!
Gruffies & Guests - For the boys - my son!

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Baby in Blue

No cards then 2 cards on consecutive days! What am I like?

Yup, another request, so it had to be made quickly - this time for a new baby.

PBSC- Buttons & Bows
Sketch Saturday - Sketch

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Sorry You're Leaving

Card making has all but ground to a hault for me this summer, been busy gardening and then this past week I've been helping my neighbour prepare for the local agricultural show which is on this weekend.

The DST was however brought into action today as I was asked to make a nurse leaving card.  I found a super new image from Papernest Dolls for the job and teamed her up with Basic Grey paper.  A simple card, focusing mainly on the image, and a touch of accents added to the stethoscope.

Papernest Dolls - Anything goes
Sketch Saturday -320- maybe not close enough to the sketch tho?
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Fantastic Tuesday - Anything goes

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Fruit & Veg & Happy Birthday Dad!

Today is my Dad's Birthday, and as it's me that's hosting the challenge over at an Oldie But a Goodie this time, I thought I'd pick a theme that would help me create his card.  So todays challenge is

Fruit & Veg
(Please also use something older than 6 months on your card and tell us what it is)

Now my Dad is a super keen gardener and veggies are his speciality (although he's also very good at growing roses and keeping his grass in tip-top condition,) so here are a few inspirational pics of his garden to help you with your creations.

For my card, I chose a JustInklined garden themed digi, called Gardener's Harvest - Available Here which I thought would be perfect for my Dad. I've had it for over 6 months, kept specially for this card! As for my card, well it's nice and simple with kraft and a charm, burlap and neutral papers.  All my colouring is done using Promarkers.

Sweet Stampin - Favourite Stamp - Not sure if I have a favourite actually, but this was defo my favourite for my Dad's card!
Stempelsonne - Summer
Wags n Whiskers - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks - The Great Outdoors ... in the garden!
Chrisma Cardz - Anything Goes
Sketcn n Stash - Sketch 72 - New charm but everything else is old

Card Mania - How charming - use a charm
Pink Elephant - (TPE260) - Summertime - gardening
Just Inspirational - 3 or more layers

Finally, I've decided it was time to reduce my design team commitments and stand down from the OBAG team.  It's almost 3 years since I started with the team and it was my first DT position.  Thanks Fran for having me on the team, I've had loads of fun and met some fantastic bloggers through my time here.

And as a little thank you, I have a little stamp prize for this weeks winner - it's the garden themed Penny Black slapstick shown below;

Friday, 18 July 2014

Bugaboo Christmas in July Days 5 - 7

Continuing on from my last post, here are the remainder of my Bugaboo Christmas cards for their 4th Annual Christmas in July Event.

Day 5 - Bingo Challenge + Make it Funny
Well I don't know about you, but I think this image is funny! A perfect Summer/Christmas stamp!

As for my bingo line its 1down - Bugaboo/Sand/Sparkley - Used glamour dust on hat.

Catch The Bug - Day 5 - CiJ
Diva's by Design - Christmas in July
SSW2 -  Sketch below,

Hambo Hoedown - Christmas in July
Hobbybook Designer - Christmas in July
4 Crafty Chicks - The great outdoors
CRAFT - Christmas in July
Cute Card Thurs - Fun in the sun

Day 6 - Photo Challenge Oldie But Goodie

It's another tropical Santa today, picking up on the beach theme from this inspirational picture, & I'm assuming there's a nice cool drink in that coconut.

Catch The Bug - Day 6 - CiJ
Sketch n Stash - Use an old sketch - No 52
4 Krafty Girlz - Anything goes
Aud Sentiments - Christmas in July

Day 7 - Friday Freebie Challenge "C" is for...Christmas and Candy Cane & Colourful!

Catch The Bug - Day 7 - CiJ

Thursday, 17 July 2014

MAWTT - Colour Inspiration

So how's everybody today?  Summer holidays for the Scottish schools are now in full swing - not that that concerns me now with both boys left! With the summer season, MAWTT decided to drop to being a fortnightly challenge to give us DT ladies a rest.  Somehow or other I haven't noticed the difference though as I flipped teams last challenge and now I'm back to team A, so as of yet I haven't had a break!  Not that I mind though as I was eager to use my new Art Impressions stamp for the latest challenge as today we are looking for Nice Bright Summer Colours as we take on a

Colour Challenge 

and use the colours below for inspiration...

For my card, I picked up on the torquoise and green shades and made this...

The image is a new one I got from Art Impressions, the sentiment tags LOTV and the paper MME, Be Amazed.

Sponsoring us this week is Clare, a past DT member of MAwtt and she is offering our lucky winner the robot stamp set below,

A song in your He(art) - 3 times a lady - loved the song, remember it well!
Crafters Cafe - Birthdays
I Love Promarkers - Girls - Well big girls really!
Come & Get It - Colours of Summer
Art Impressions - Big Birthdays
Crafty Little Fairies - Summer Fun
Milk Coffee - Birthday Challenge

PS - I've lost my voice, chatted too much to my sis and nieces yesterday! Some however in the household don't see this as a bad thing!!! Jx

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Bugaboo Christmas in July - Days 1 - 4

This week, Bugaboo are holding their 4th annual Christmas in July event and as I'm a huge fan, I used this week long challenge to boost my Christmas card stocks and get me back on track with Christmas production.  Rather than post my cards daily, I decided to do a couple of  posts containing all 7 cards.

Challenges pertaining to each card are listed beneath.

Day 1 - Saturday Santa Challenge
Made using Chimney Santa - Available here.

Catch The Bug - Day 1 - CiJ - Santa
Glitter n Sparkle - Anything Goes
Quirky Crafts - Christmas in July, with dies or punches - LaLaLand filigree die
CHCE - Anything
Passion for Promarkers - Christmas in July

Day 2 - Stella Says Sketch 

Catch The Bug - Day 2 - CiJ - SSS
Robyn's Fetish - Christmas in July
Storyteller - Christmas in July
Holly Jolly - Christmas Critters

Day 3 - Colour Challenge Lime/Pink/Purple

Catch The Bug - Day 3 - CiJ
The Glory of Christmas - Anything Goes Christmas
Completely Christmas - Anything Goes
Christmas Stampin All Year Long - Recipe, 1 Image, 2 Embellishments (Candy & Pearls) 1 Sentiment
CHCC - Glam Glitter & Bling - Glossy Accents & Glamour Dust

Day 4 - Recipe Challenge Kraft/Emboss/Snowflake (Embossing with frantage.)

Catch The Bug - Day 4 - CiJ
Crafting at the Weekend - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin - Christmas in July
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes
ABC Christmas - N for Number - 25
Christmas @ Sweet Stampin - Kraft @ Christmas

My Day 4 Card won First Prize at Catch The Bug!!!

Due to the number of challenges I've entered I thought it best to split my Bugaboo Christmas in July entry into 2 posts, Jx